It’s no wonder with the phenomenal music scene (part of the weekly summer grind ) Greenville, SC was ranked one of the Top 15 Places for Young People by Forbes Magazine.
Known as one of the Best Places to Live and the last place that Lynyrd Skynyrd played as a full band in 1977, Greenville, South Carolina has fully embraced a strong musical heritage. Home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Pops Orchestra, the Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW), the Palmetto Statesmen Barbershop Chorus and the Greenville Chorale’s 160 voice choral group, this town knows how to bring down the house!
The summer season is a thriving musical environment in this town; bringing people out of hibernation from the cold winter months and into the brightly shining sun for live music, paid and free alike.
Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive
Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive is a free summer concert series running every Thursday evening from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Noma Square downtown Greenville. This outdoor street festival features live bands in the genres of rock, blues and funk.
Music By the Lake
For those of you looking for an easy listening, there’s a Thursday series known as Music by the Lake hosted at the Lakeside Amphitheater at Furman University. This free event starts at twilight (7:30 p.m.) and runs through the evening celebrating the sounds of summer. The musical array features everything from blue grass, jazz, contemporary orchestras, all the way to big band and marches.
July features the musical talents of: The Kings of Swing (July 11th), The Andy Carlson Band (July 18th) and The Matt Olson Jazz Quartet (July 25th).
Main Street Fridays
Thursdays aren’t the only night for music and fun. Main Street Fridays is a 28 week series of free concerts hosted at NOMA Square downtown starting in mid-March and running through late September. The lineup features a variety of musicians playing jazz, blues, oldies, and soul music.
Headlining in July are: Derrick Dorsey Band (July 5th), NuSound (July 12th), 20 Point Turn (July 19th) and Cosmic (July 26th).
Music Venue – The Handlebar
For those of you seeking a more sophisticated approach to your music check out The Handlebar, a listening hall that has quickly become known as Greenville’s premier concert venue featuring both Grammy Award winning artists such as Shinedown, Chevelle, David Allan Coe, Collective Soul, and many others.
Music Venue – Charter Amphitheater
For the perfect combination of an outside event and a concert hall, look no further than the Charter Amphitheater in neighboring Simpsonville, SC.
This outdoor arena has featured a number of Grammy Award Winners and this month will welcome The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips as well as Mumford and Sons, later in the year.
Whichever beat of the drum you walk to in life, the city of Greenville, South Carolina should be a stop along the way!
For more information about things to do while visiting the city of Greeville, SC visit: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g54258-Greenville_South_Carolina-Vacations.html
For a full list of rankings for Greenville, SC visit: http://www.heartofgreenville.com/rankings.php
For a list of upcoming events in Greenville, SC visit: https://www.greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_events/SpecialEvents.aspx
For more information about Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive visit: http://www.greenvillecvb.com/visit/event-info.aspx?CoeId=21551&CoeDateId=598410
For more information about the band Stereo Reform visit their website at: http://stereoreform.com/about.cfm
For more information about the Wells Fargo Red White and Blue event visit: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/RedWhiteBlue.aspx
For more information about the Music by the Lake series visit: http://www2.furman.edu/academics/music/precollegeandadultprograms/Pages/MusicbytheLake.aspx
For more information about upcoming events in Noma Square visit: https://www.facebook.com/NOMAsquare
For a full list of music venues in Greenville, SC visit: http://www.heartofgreenville.com/music-and-the-arts.php
For the calendar of bands coming to the Handlebar visit: http://www.handlebar-online.com/calendar.asp
For more information about the Black Keys and Flaming Lips Show visit: http://nationalshows2.com/2013/01/tbk-2013/